The Swedish coast guard said Thursday that there had been a fourth leak on the Nord Stream pipelines from southern Sweden.
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“We have losses in two places,” said Swedish coast guard spokesman Mattias Lindholm. There are two more away from Denmark, he said.
Two leaks relate to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline which has recently cut off the gas supply, while the other two relate to the Nord Stream 2 which has never been put into service. Although they didn’t work, both pipelines were full of gas, which leaked and bubbled to the surface.
The Nord Stream pipeline crosses the Baltic to transport gas from Russia to Germany. The Danish and Swedish governments believe that the leaks from their countries were “deliberate actions”.
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Before the escape was reported, the explosions were recorded. Seismologists recorded the first explosion in the southeast of the island of Bornholm in Denmark early Monday. A second stronger eruption, the equivalent of a 2.3 magnitude earthquake, hit the northeast of the island that night. Seismic stations in Denmark, Norway and Finland also recorded explosions.
Some European officials and energy experts have said Russia is responsible for any sabotage – it directly benefits from high energy prices and economic anxiety across Europe – although others have warned against the allegations. granted until investigators are able to determine what happened.
Speaking Wednesday before the fourth leak was reported, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersen said it would take a larger explosive device to cause damage.